Herb of the Week for 15th August
Last week I wrote about the force of nature and the destruction that can
This week I want to share the healing ways of nature because even when we have witnessed devastation we know that because the rhythms of nature never stop that healing has begun in the garden.
The herb farm business is built around the belief of the healing power
The gardens have had a shock and are now beginning to carry on responding to the inherent cycles that the seasons trigger.
The tuis are joyous that there is nectar in the colourful winter blooms
of the orange aloe flowers and the red eucalyptus blossoms.
Their bird song has been ringing out over the gardens this week reassuring us that peace is returning to the airwaves.
The work of clearing up has begun and we are hopeful that the little folk
who have been made homeless will be able to be returned to their homes before
We may need to create some new abodes for them and then the human folk who enjoy the peace in the gardens can once again visit our display gardens and enjoy the serenity within them.
I have never seen or heard so many tuis in the gardens and I feel they are there as messengers of hope and joy.
The eucalyptus trees which did come down in the storm will provide firewood and of course it is the leaves of eucalyptus that in countries like Australia get distilled into essential oil.
Eucalyptus essential oil is an excellent oil for the winter first aid kit.
If you have the sniffles or a cough you can enjoy its antiseptic and decongestant properties by placing a few drops on a flannel at the base of the shower. This creates a wonderful steam inhalation treatment while you are showering.
This is just one way to use this useful oil.
For the other folk around our area who have been affected by the storm I wish you well with your clean up.
Win: We have two bottles of eucalyptus essential oil and an instruction
leaflet for our winners this week.
What kind of bird is sitting looking full and happy after enjoying the nectar from the eucalyptus tree?